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Kingdom  Animalia
Scientific name  Caeciliidae
Phylum  Chordata
Order  Gymnophiona
Higher classification  Caecilian
Rank  family
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Lower classifications  Caecilia, Siphonops annulatus, Siphonops, Dermophis, Boulengerula

Caeciliidae is the family of common caecilians. They are found in Central and South America, equatorial Africa and India. Like other caecilians, they superficially resemble worms or snakes.


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Although they are the most diverse of the caecilian families, the caeciliids do have a number of features in common that distinguish them from other caecilians. In particular, their skulls have relatively few bones, with those that are present being fused to form a solid ram to aid in burrowing through the soil. The mouth is recessed beneath the snout, and there is no tail.

Caeciliidae STRI Office of Bioinformatics Metas

Many caeciliids lay their eggs in moist soil. The eggs then hatch into aquatic larvae, which live in seepages in the soil, or in small streams. However, some species lack a larval stage, with the eggs hatching into juveniles with the same form as the adults, or else lack eggs and give birth to live young.

Caeciliidae STRI Office of Bioinformatics Metas


Traditional taxonomy, which is reflected in the "Scientific classification" box in this article, categorizes extant Amphibia into three orders: Anura (frogs and toads), Caudata (newts and salamanders), and Gymnophiona (caecilians). However, there is considerable debate among paleontologists and molecular geneticists concerning the phylogenetic relationship between amphibians, and indeed whether Amphibia is a monophyletic clade or a polyphyletic collection of diverse evolutionary lineages.

The more limited debate (operating on the assumption that Amphibia is a monophyletic clade) is whether Caudata is more closely related to Anura (in a shared clade called Batrachia — the traditional view) or to Gymnophiona (suggested by research in 2005). The broader debate is whether Amphibia is monophyletic or polypheletic. The latter view considers Caudata and Gymnophiona to be more closely related to amniotes (reptiles, mammals and birds) than to Anura.


  • Genus Boulengerula – Boulenger's caecilians
  • Boulengerula boulengeri
  • Boulengerula changamwensis
  • Boulengerula denhardti
  • Boulengerula fischeri
  • Boulengerula niedeni
  • Boulengerula taitana
  • Boulengerula uluguruensis
  • Genus Brasilotyphlus – Brazilian caecilians
  • Brasilotyphlus braziliensis
  • Brasilotyphlus guarantanus
  • Genus Caecilia – common caecilians
  • Caecilia abitaguae
  • Caecilia albiventris
  • Caecilia antioquiaensis
  • Caecilia armata
  • Caecilia attenuata
  • Caecilia bokermanni
  • Caecilia caribea
  • Caecilia corpulenta
  • Caecilia crassisquama
  • Caecilia degenerata
  • Caecilia disossea
  • Caecilia dunni
  • Caecilia flavopunctata
  • Caecilia gracilis
  • Caecilia guntheri
  • Caecilia inca
  • Caecilia isthmica
  • Caecilia leucocephala
  • Caecilia marcusi
  • Caecilia mertensi
  • Caecilia nigricans
  • Caecilia occidentalis
  • Caecilia orientalis
  • Caecilia pachynema
  • Caecilia perdita
  • Caecilia pressula
  • Caecilia subdermalis
  • Caecilia subnigricans
  • Caecilia subterminalis
  • Caecilia tentaculata
  • Caecilia tenuissima
  • Caecilia thompsoni
  • Caecilia volcani
  • Genus Caecilita
  • Caecilita iwokramae
  • Genus Dermophis – Mexican caecilians
  • Dermophis costaricensis
  • Dermophis glandulosus
  • Dermophis gracilior
  • Dermophis mexicanus
  • Dermophis oaxacae
  • Dermophis occidentalis
  • Dermophis parviceps
  • Genus Gegeneophis – forest caecilians
  • Gegeneophis carnosus
  • Gegeneophis danieli, Daniel's caecilian
  • Gegeneophis fulleri
  • Gegeneophis goaensis
  • Gegeneophis krishni
  • Gegeneophis madhavai
  • Gegeniophis mhadeiensis
  • Gegeneophis nadkarnii
  • Gegeneophis ramaswamii
  • Gegeneophis seshachari
  • Genus Geotrypetes – West African caecilians
  • Geotrypetes angeli
  • Geotrypetes pseudoangeli
  • Geotrypetes seraphini, Gaboon caecilian
  • Genus Grandisonia – Seychelles caecilians
  • Grandisonia alternans
  • Grandisonia brevis
  • Grandisonia larvata
  • Grandisonia sechellensis
  • Genus Gymnopis – wet forest caecilians
  • Gymnopis multiplicata
  • Gymnopis syntrema
  • Genus Herpele – Congo caecilians
  • Herpele multiplicata
  • Herpele squalostoma
  • Genus Hypogeophis – Frigate Island caecilian
  • Hypogeophis rostratus
  • Genus Idiocranium – Makumuno Assumbo caecilian
  • Idiocranium russeli
  • Genus Indotyphlus – Battersby's caecilians
  • Indotyphlus battersbyi
  • Indotyphlus maharashtraensis
  • Genus Luetkenotyphlus – São Paulo caecilian
  • Luetkenotyphlus brasiliensis
  • Genus Microcaecilia – tiny caecilians
  • Microcaecilia albiceps
  • Microcaecilia dermatophaga
  • Microcaecilia grandis
  • Microcaecilia rabei
  • Microcaecilia supernumeraria
  • Microcaecilia taylori
  • Microcaecilia unicolor
  • Genus Mimosiphonops – worm patterned caecilians
  • Mimosiphonops reinhardti
  • Mimosiphonops vermiculatus
  • Genus Oscaecilia – South American caecilians
  • Oscaecilia bassleri
  • Oscaecilia elongata
  • Oscaecilia equatorialis
  • Oscaecilia hypereumeces
  • Oscaecilia koepckeorum
  • Oscaecilia ochrocephala
  • Oscaecilia osae
  • Oscaecilia polyzona
  • Oscaecilia zweifeli
  • Genus Parvicaecilia – Colombian caecilians
  • Parvicaecilia nicefori
  • Parvicaecilia pricei
  • Genus Praslinia – Cooper's caecilian
  • Praslinia cooperi
  • Genus Schistometopum – Guinea caecilians
  • Schistometopum gregorii
  • Schistometopum thomense
  • Genus Siphonops – ringed caecilians
  • Siphonops annulatus
  • Siphonops hardyi
  • Siphonops insulanus
  • Siphonops leucoderus
  • Siphonops paulensis
  • Genus Sylvacaecilia – Aleku caecilian
  • Sylvacaecilia grandisonae
  • References

    Caeciliidae Wikipedia